RATINGS: 570   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
A traditional India Pale Ale, the Elissa IPA is very hoppy with a properly balanced malty body. Elissa has huge hop additions in the kettle that give it a wonderful bitterness and is then dry-hopped in the fermenter to create the pleasant floral, hoppy nose. Our reverse osmosis water makes the bitter very soft with no harsh notes to it. The maltiness is derived from British Maris Otter malt. Its rich flavor stands up to the hops that would otherwise dominate this beer. The Elissa is an authentic version of the IPA style which was first brewed in the late 1700s in England for transport to the British colony of India. The high level of hops combined with higher alcohol levels worked as preservatives to keep the beer good over the long voyage to India where conditions were not conducive to brewing. This beer is named after ELISSA, a tall ship now moored in Galveston. Ships like ELISSA were used in transporting IPAs to India. Saint Arnold is donating a portion of the proceeds of this beer to the Galveston Historical District for preservation of this ship.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Brownish orange with a small white head. Grassy, citrucy aroma. Very smooth actually, and a nice bitterness throughout. Flavor is quite sweet with a definite hop presence. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2005
This is a very decent IPA. It has a good balance without being overly hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovetrappist (23) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2005
This beer has a floral aroma that gets a citrusy as it warms. The appearance is a dark hazy amber with a creamy off white head. This is an incredibly smooth ipa that leaves the bitter flavor from start to finish. Nice creamy mouthfeel as well. Nice IPA from St. Arnold in Houston.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2005
Bronze colour. Lots of citric hops and some resinous notes, but not as extreme as I was expecting. Relatively refined and subtle for a US IPA, almost subtle. Even-tempered and easy drinking, with a moderately bitter aftertaste. Not aparticularly big beer in US terms but I like it. Bottled at the joet gathering, January 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2549) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Thin off-white head of fine bubbles. Creamy on top. Very light carbonation. Nice hoppy aroma. Some floral and fruit. Maybe some mango. Color is a slightly cloudy dark amber. Sharp citrus bitterness. Little grapefruit offset by a nice roasted grain flavor. Quite good. Sightly tart palate. Finish sort of dry and a little bitter. A pretty good IPA. Thanks to robanion for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34947) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2005
An orange beer with sediment floating around and a small white head. The aroma is very sweet and dominated by grass. The flavor is also sweet and very hoppy with the hop oils coming thru, the end is dry and very hoppy. Nice IPA. Thanks to Fly for letting me fly home with this from GABF.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3479) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Thanks to Robanion for this one. A large, frothy off white head comes from the pour of this hazy orange/amber brew. Grapefruit aromas come easily and the flavor that follows is nicely bittered all the way through. Good malt too, but not sweet or sticky. Very nice IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2005
Golden. Slightly hazy. The crispy flavour has notes of unpleasant thing like soap and other chemicals. Nice hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5310) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Recieved in a trade with Kevin. The body is a medium amber color with a quickly dissapating slightly yellowish head. The aroma is grassy with grapefruit and some caramel. The mouthfeel is sticky. The taste is grapefruit and full bread crust. There is a little bit of toffee. This is a nice IPA with a little hint of sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11497) - Sborg, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
Bottled: Orange coloured. Uncelar. Light brown head. Dense fruity hop aroma. Has herbal undertones. Flavour is heavy. Hops, herbs, some chocolate and fruity. Full bodied. Is heavily bitter in the end. Good one.

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